Don’t download FaceApp if privacy is important to you.
Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app.
This is what he found (click here for a more detailed account):
FaceApp continually shares information about your phone with Facebook and Google AdMob. They use the data to serve adverts and to check their effectiveness.
FaceApp sends loads of data to its servers in Russia – it’s impossible to know what happens to it once there.
It’s not just your face but everyone you “age” that ends up with FaceApp.
FaceApp uploads and processes your images in “the cloud”, where it stays forever.
By accepting its “terms and conditions” you agreed to give it a “perpetual” license to your images.
Whoever buys your pictures from FaceApp has the right to do whatever it wants with it in terms of an “irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferrable sub-licensable license.”
- Deleting the app doesn’t get rid of the photos that FaceApp has of you.
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